The Upper Room devotional reflection for, Sunday, February 27, 2022 comes to us from Gursimran Chhatwal of Haryana, India.
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
1 Corinthians 12:12-20 NIV
“My Unique Role”
I enjoy walking around the block and taking in the many colors of the plants and flowers. It amazes me how effortlessly the flowers seem to blossom, each bringing their own uniqueness, splendor, and contribution to the garden. Together the plants form a majestic oasis amid the pavement. In taking time to notice the intricate details of God’s creation, I realized that we all can learn from these wonderful plants. They come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and fragrances, yet they don’t compare or compete. They seem effortlessly content with how God has made them. I believe God intends for us to be this way as well.
God made each of us unique. When we embrace the way God made us and continues to shape us, we can stand with confidence, knowing that there will never be anyone exactly like us. Just as a garden needs many varieties of plants, the body of Christ needs many different members. We may not be perfect, but we are certainly precious. The more fully we believe that the more God can use us as gifts and blessings to others.
I have always appreciated this scripture lesson and Gursimran Chhatwal’s reflection reminds me that each of us, you and I, are wonderfully created by God for the purpose of sharing our individual talents. When we trust that God created us in wonderful ways, we can understand that each and all of us are a valuable part of God’s precious garden. So, we have the confidence to know that we are blessings from God, and thus called to be blessings to others.
Heavenly Father, help us to see our beauty and to avoid comparisons. Remind us to embrace our unique role in the world so that we may bless others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Those struggling to love themselves.
Thought for the Day:
When I embrace who God created me to be, I can better serve God and others.
I praise you [Lord] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14 (NIV)